Trick or….maybe not?

“Samhain is celebrated on October 31-November 1 (our Halloween).

Celtic Mythology and Celtic Religion

It is the end of the harvest, the beginning of winter and once marked the Celtic new year.
At Samhain, the barrier between our world and the Otherworld thins, allowing contacts between the spirits (faeries) and humans. Normal rules of human conduct do not apply and one may “run wild”.

Great bonfires are lit and participants join hands and circle the fire, or young men take blazing torches and circle (sunwise) their homes and lands to protect them from evil spirits.

Normal rules of human conduct do not apply and one may “run wild”.?….Well, if that aint enuf to spook ya I dunno what is.
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Spirits of the dead were known to the Celts to rise out of their graves and wander the countryside, trying to return to the homes where they once lived.

Frightened villagers tried to appease these wandering spirits by offering them gifts or treats to appease the hunger of the ghostly wanderers.
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If not placated, villagers were terrified that that the spirits would kill their flocks or destroy their homes and property.

So they tried to “blend in”…and masqueraded as one of them.

They dressed up as demonic creations…ogres,devils, imps.

We can thank our Irish and Scottish immigrants who brought these customes to the good ole U.S.A. in the nineteenth century.

But lest I rain on yer scare fest…there are those of the strong opinion that Christians and Jews should not partake in what seems like a “harmless” holiday.

The Israelites were specifically warned against such practices when they entered the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 18:10-14 :

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in [a] the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.

We know that vandalism and destruction of others’ property is common on Halloween night.
We have read in the news of graves being over-turned and desecrated.
We hear of poisoned candy, being dispensed to children.

We observe kids “egging” houses and acting out.

Despite that…Americans sure do take Halloween seriously…spending $21 million on Halloween candies every year.

What say you friends?

Is Halloween just harmless fun, an innocent opportunity for children to dress up in costumes and collect candy or is it a demon-inspired, occult holiday that we should perhaps pass on?

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13 Responses to “Trick or….maybe not?”

  1. Gayle says:

    Angel sweety, I’m tired and I’m going to beddy-bye. I had a horrible experience regarding Halloween, which I believe is the reason I haven’t enjoyed it for ages. I left that experience that I would rather forget over on Shoprt’s post.

    I do believe those kids I told Shoprt about were liberals!

  2. Angel says:

    Gayle…….Ah..I saw the comment and will adjust the links hun. Sorry about the painful memories. But hey..it’s almost Turkey Day! :)

  3. wordsmith says:

    That gif is cute. It symbolizes the best reason to see horror movies, with a date.

  4. Feynman and Coulter's Love Child says:

    Well, harmless fun or not, I don’t think you need to worry much about poisoned candy. The only times its ever been recorded has been in cases where a parent or family friend tries to use poisoned candy to murder a specific child.

  5. daniel says:

    Well, as a kid it was fun dressing up.
    It certainly is a pagan holiday.
    I am not into horror flicks, esp. when it involves women being hunted down and killed. I thinks it rather sick. But don’t mind if a little scare puts your ‘date’ closer to you!
    And being Irish, I like Celtic stuff. Jewlery mostly, like celtic crosses.
    There certianly are spirtual beings, and there are forces of darkness.
    Anton Lavey used to live on Mnt. Soledad in San Diego.
    Ritualistic ceremonies are performed in honor of him and Satan.
    And on the other hand, All saints day was to remember the saints who have past on.
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    Trick or Treating
    It is believed that the Irish began the tradition of Trick or Treating. In preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, Irish townsfolk would visit neighbors and ask for contributions of food for a feast in the town.

    Erin Go Bragh!

  6. Tim says:

    I can’t wait till my boy is old enough to take trick or treating. I’m going to dress him up in an Eagles’ jersey, Eagles helmut, and paint his face green and white.

  7. Ma r t i n @ b l o g b a t says:

    LOL at least Tim and his son are bonding :p

    I really agree with Angel. Some of my friends think Halloween is the greatest and I just don’t get that, especially given its occult history. You know – and not to make a really big deal out of this – just an “oh, by the way”, I bet if Christians or Jews celebrated a holiday based on some time where they went around terrorizing neighborhoods there would have already been a UN resolution condemning it. Anybody else of course gets a pass ;) . As for that scripture, it is totally correct: and on that note I always wondered why anyone would settle for deceiving and ill-intentioned spirits when you can consult the God who made the entire universe??? And yet, millions around the world do.

    Interestingly enough, that ancient Celtic system actually has been traced back to Babylonian and Egyptian religions. That’s not to pick on the Irish of course – all European cultures have pagan roots that go back somewhere. We certainly saw where Germany’s resurgent pagan roots led them in the 1930s.

    So that’s my take. Btw., the gifs are hilarious! If original, hat tips to ya for the impressive work.

  8. Angel says:

    Thanks y’all! …and BOO!.. ;)

  9. Brooke says:

    I agree, the gifs rawk!

    Halloween, to my thinking, is nothing more than a commercialized holiday. Why not let the kiddies get dressed up and make the rounds? Before Halloween, our family loooves going to harvest festivals, picking out a pumpkin, getting cider, petting the farm animals, ect.

    As far as the risque adult costumes and uber-gory stuff like haunted houses, I don’t go for that.

    And horror flicks? They’re usually so lame that they’re more like comedies! :lol:

  10. hnav says:

    Happy HALLOWEEN ANGEL !

    8 days to go…

  11. Kevin says:

    Everything’s harmless until a person makes it not. It’s really sad that the halloween of my childhood, where you dressed up as Batman or a princess and ran from neighbor to neighbor collecting candy, is all but gone. All because someone put cyanide in a Tylenol bottle (and not even on Halloween). *sniff*

  12. KKaRRL mmMM says:

    A PRICELESS OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENT AND CHILD TO GO DOOR TO DOOR, HAND IN HAND….WHAT CAN BE BETTER..ENJOY THE MOMENT MAKE IT LAST…M&MS “”MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH NOT IN YOUR HAND”"…

  13. 123beta says:

    Trick Or Treat!…

    Here’s some fun Halloween stuff……